Shade Tree Advisory Committee (STAC)
The mission and goal of the Shade Tree Advisory Committee (STAC) is to enhance the environmental health and enrich the appearance of Highland Park by advising the Borough on shade trees along its streets and planting in public open spaces. We also provide information to residents.
We are a group of residents who have volunteered to serve on the committee. We are appointed by the Mayor with the advice and consent of Council. Highland Park has the distinction of being named a Tree City, USA. This award is given to towns that have displayed a concerted effort to maintain and add trees through an active program.
Why Plant a Tree?
Highland Park street trees are valuable assets for the community!
- They help to conserve energy by blocking winter winds and shading the summer sun.
- They reduce noise pollution by absorbing sounds.
- Trees filter and cleanse our water.
- On average, trees add from 5 to 6 percent to the value of a house.
- A large shade tree can produce enough oxygen for ten people each year.
- Trees make the Borough cooler by reducing the “urban heat island” effect.
- They control soil erosion.
- They enhance the appearance of our streets.
- They clean the air by absorbing carbon dioxide and harmful pollutants.
When we lose a tree due to age, illness, or the effects of weather, it is important that we plant a new one in its place. It is the policy of the Borough to obtain the permission of the home owner before planting a tree in the margin between the sidewalk and the street, even though that space is mostly Borough property. We are asking you to participate in our efforts to replace trees lost to recent storm damage.